Colon Cancer Specialist

Triborough GI

Gastroenterology located in Brooklyn, NY, Bronx, NY & Staten Island, NY

The highly skilled team of gastroenterologists at Triborough GI provide state-of-the-art, patient-focused care regarding the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of colon cancer. The practice has three locations in New York for your convenience – Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Bronx. Each facility provides multilingual services delivered in a warm and caring environment. Schedule an appointment today at Triborough GI for colon cancer screening and/or treatment. Call one of the offices or book your visit online.

Colon Cancer Q&A

What is colon cancer?

Like other cancers, colon cancer is the result of abnormal cell growth. It typically arises from small clumps of cells (polyps) that form on the inside of the large intestine (colon). Over time, some polyps can evolve into cancer. Colon cancer is much more common in adults over 50 but can occur at any age.

What are the symptoms of colon cancer?

Symptoms generally aren’t obvious until the cancer has progressed, and may include:

  • Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
  • Persistent abdominal cramping, gas, or pain
  • A change in bowel habits or the consistency of your stool
  • The sensation that your bowel doesn't empty completely
  • Weakness, fatigue, unexplained weight loss

How can I prevent colon cancer?

There is no guaranteed method of avoiding colon cancer, but a screening colonoscopy is by far the most effective tool available for preventing or catching the disease in its earliest stages when treatment is most successful.

During a colonoscopy, your GI specialist can remove colon polyps before they evolve into cancer and identify other concerning changes in your colon that require treatment. It’s generally recommended everyone have a screening colonoscopy by age 50, sooner if you have an increased risk of developing colon cancer due to:

  • A family history of colon cancer
  • History of inflammatory diseases of the colon, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease
  • An inherited disorder, such as Lynch syndrome
  • Diabetes

Lifestyle factors that increase your risk of colon cancer include:

  • Obesity
  • Lack of physical activity or exercise
  • A diet that’s low in fiber and high in saturated fat
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Smoking

Adopting healthy habits now and undergoing a screening colonoscopy can reduce your risks and possibly prevent colon cancer from affecting your health.

What is the treatment for colon cancer?

Treatments vary and depend upon how advanced the cancer is and where it’s located in your colon. Small cancerous polyps, for instance, may be removed during a colonoscopy. Larger polyps and tumors may require more extensive surgery.

Your Triborough GI provider takes time to carefully explain your treatment options so that you’re part of the decision-making process.

Schedule a visit today at Triborough GI for expert care you can rely on. Call the office or book your appointment online.